Smith makes his point with gold

Louis Smith, centre, returned to the sport in time for the Commonwealth Games

Louis Smith, centre, returned to the sport in time for the Commonwealth Games

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Olympic star Louis Smith proved those whole called him "crazy" were wrong as he helped England to artistic gymnastics Commonwealth Games gold.

Smith has barely been seen in a gym since taking silver and bronze at London 2012, but he stood at the top of the Glasgow podium alongside Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson and an injured Sam Oldham after they beat Scotland to gold in the men's team event.

England's women also took the top prize - Wales were delighted with bronze - but it was Smith's story which stood out.

When asked why he had chosen to come back and in order to compete in Glasgow, Smith, who took time out from gymnastics and shone on television in Strictly Come Dancing, said: ''This feeling, this vibe, this competition.

"It's hard and some people thought I was crazy and thought I wouldn't get there but it's happening."

Becky Downie, Hannah Whelan, Ruby Harrold, Claudia Fragapane and Kelly Simm were the triumphant women.

The final night of swimming action lived up to all expectations with a record-breaking Welsh gold medal for Georgia Davies the highlight of a thrilling night for the home nations.

England also enjoyed stunning success as their men's 4 x 100 metres medley team denied Australia a relay clean sweep.

And there was more to celebrate for the home crowd as Daniel Wallace claimed his third medal - and Scotland's 10th in the pool - by taking silver following a brilliant comeback in the 200m individual medley.

Twenty-four hours after Jazz Carlin became the second Welsh woman to win Commonwealth gold in the pool, Davies followed when she touched home first in the 50 metres backstroke.

With Carlin earlier taking silver in the 400m freestyle, Davies' triumph broke Wales' previous best Games total of five swimming medals, and teenager Dan Jervis later made sure they surpassed their pre-tournament target when he added a seventh by finishing third in the 1,500m freestyle.

Plymouth teenager Ben Proud grabbed his second gold for England, who also won silver through Lauren Quigley, while Siobhan-Marie O'Connor won her sixth medal of the Games by helping England's women to second place in their medley relay.

That equalled a Games record but it was promptly broken by South African Chad le Clos.

Jen McIntosh secured a landmark medal for Scotland and England's David Luckman literally got carried away on a memorable final day of the Commonwealth Games shooting competition.

McIntosh's silver ensured Scotland surpassed their previous best medal haul of 33 to make it the country's most successful Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, one of the more bizarre sights of Glasgow 2014 came on the full-bore rifle range after 38-year-old Luckman won the Queen's Prize individual event.

In accordance with the tradition of the annual rifle competition which dates back to 1860, winner Luckman was carried to the medal ceremony by his opponents in a sedan chair.

Fiery Motherwell flyweight Reece McFadden guaranteed himself a boxing medal as he outpointed 2010 bronze medallist Oteng Oteng of Botswana to reach the semi-finals where he will face another tough test against Australia's Andrew Moloney.

Moloney proved too strong for Northern Ireland's Ruairi Dalton, winning a unanimous decision in the bout that followed McFadden's win.

Scottish hopes were hit in the super-heavyweight division as Ross Henderson was pummelled to a stoppage defeat by England's Joe Joyce.

There was silver on a special occasion at the wrestling as Yana Rattigan forgot all about her wedding anniversary.

The freestyle 48kg runner-up now hopes to enjoy a delayed celebration with husband Leon who fights on Wednesday.

In the men's 57kg, Bolton wrestler Craig Pilling took bronze for Wales when he won 8-5 against English teenager Omar Tafail. The gold went to Amit Kumar of India, who defeated Nigerian Ebikweminomo Welson.

Wigan's Mike Grundy took bronze for England at 74kg, with a rapid 10-0 technical superiority victory over David Galea of Malta.

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